A guide to local favorites in the Heights
- By Drew Jones
- Photos by Brandon Thibodeaux
The Heights perfectly captures Houston’s blend of the old and the new. Originally planned as a streetcar suburb for those looking to escape density, the neighborhood now functions like a city of its own.
In the early 2000s, high-earning professionals gentrified the area by buying up the signature decades-old bungalows of the area and either renovating or demolishing them in favor of upscale housing. The rapid increase in property values attracted businesses and new residents who wanted to add a bit of prestige to the historical neighborhood. And while many of its historical landmarks remain intact, parts of the Heights look indistinguishable from upper-middle-class areas like River Oaks and Upper Kirby.